Yesterday was election day. In the past, election day has been a day where I go vote then head home to turn on the television and watch results. This year was much different for me. Now that I am a reporter, it was my job to make sure people received information about the election. I was the one who was responsible for writing the stories that would be in the newspaper the next day. Let me say, the task is not an easy one when you are up against a deadline.
I was fully aware the day would be hectic. I knew ahead of time that I would need to prepare my stories, laying the ground work for news that would be coming, so I began writing election stories prior to the vote count being taken. This was new for me. It was the first time I had written a story before it actually happened. I felt though that the job would be much easier If I would anticipate outcomes based on my knowledge of what was happening and write the stories as closely to that as possible. Of course, I was able to later change some of the information depending on what happened. I left blank spaces for all of the numbers and additional spaces for any quotes I might receive after the election. I found this to be very helpful in assisting me at getting the stories out in time last night.
I realized after the long day had ended, that life should also be the same way. I have always struggled at planning ahead. I think if something happened today that I was not ready for, I wouldn’t know what to do. I would be lost. There are some people who are really good at anticipating the future, I am not one of them. I know now that preparation takes more time in the beginning, but saves a great deal of time in the end. I really hope that in the future, in all of life’s moves, I will begin writing my stories before they happen. I want to leave blanks for the spaces that can be filled in later, but for the most part, I want to be prepared for what happens next. Obviously I cannot predict love. I cannot predict tragedy. I cannot predict the moments that change the course, but I can prepare for anything. I can look at my life and consider the course I would like to take. Sure, there may be changes or alterations, but If I write the story before it happens, I won’t have to start fresh each time something changes. I will only have to fill in the blanks.
Look at your life as well. Where do you want to be in the future? Where do you expect to be in the future? Where do you WANT to be in the future? You have the ability to write the course for yourself. This is your story. Life is only a co-author. Don’t let all of life’s situations tell the story for you. You need to author this. In the end, you will find it easier to make the best of your time if you have a pre-written life. Don’t be the person who waits to see what happens before you decide what to write about your life. Write it now. It is time to start writing your story…Before it happens.